Modeling

WACCM-X

Sample template image
WACCM-X simulation of the "April Fools" geomagnetic storm in 2001, showing the global electron column density in units of 10^12 cm^-2. Note the "tongue of ionization" extending out of both the north and south auroral regions into the dayside low-latitudes, and the highly distorted equatorial ionosphere.

The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X) is a comprehensive numerical model, spanning the range of altitude from the Earth’s surface to the upper thermosphere.

The scientific goals of the model include studying solar impacts on the Earth atmosphere, couplings between atmosphere layers through chemical, physical and dynamical processes, and the implications of the coupling for the climate and for the near space environment. The development of the model is inter-divisional collaboration that unifies certain aspects of the upper atmospheric modeling of HAO, the middle atmosphere modeling of ACOM, and the tropospheric modeling of CGD, using the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM) as a common numerical framework.

Overview:

More Information:

    • WACCM-X information and tutorials at CESM:

-CESM main page
-CESM quick start guide
-WACCM-X Compsets
-CESM/WACCM-X description

    • Whole Atmosphere Working Group:

-http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/working_groups/Whole-Atmosphere/

    • WACCM at ACOM:

-https://www2.acom.ucar.edu/gcm/waccm

    • Sign up for WACCM-X Mailing list

-/modeling/waccm-x/mailing-list

News and Updates:

    • Extended runs of WACCM-X v. 2.1 with specified dynamics forcing available for analysis

-/modeling/sd/waccm-x/ExtendedRuns

    • Climate change model output archived (Solomon et al., 2018; 2019)

-https://doi.org/10.26024/ypnz-d857

    • WACCM-X v. 2.1, is released as part of the Community Earth System Model, v. 2.1, January 2019.

-Release Notes for WACCM-X v.2.1

    • WACCM-X v. 2.0, with fully-interactive ionosphere, is released as part of the Community Earth System Model, v. 2.0, June 2018.

-Release Notes for WACCM-X v.2.0
-http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/models/cesm2
-http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/models/cesm2/whatsnew.html

Recent Workshops and Symposia:

    • System Science Workshop 2018
-Toward a Whole Geospace Model

    • CEDAR Workshop 2018
-Hanli Liu's CEDAR Prize Lecture

    • Whole Atmosphere Modeling Workshop, June 13-15, 2018
-http://www.elecnor-deimos.com/wam-workshop-2018/
  • Whole Atmosphere Data Assimilation in WACCMX+DART
  • CESM: A platform for atmospheric prediction from the surface to geospace
  • Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with Thermosphere/Ionosphere Extension (WACCM-X)
      • Whole Atmosphere Working Group Meeting, Feb. 12–14, 2018
    -http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/events/wg-meetings/2018/am.html

      • WACCM-X Users Group tutorial session at the CEDAR Workshop, June 22, 2017
    -http://cedarweb.vsp.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2017_Workshop:WACCM_X_Users_Group

      • Whole Atmosphere Variability session at the CEDAR Workshop, June 22, 2017
    -http://cedarweb.vsp.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2017_Workshop:Whole_Atmosphere_Variability

      • Whole Atmosphere Working Group meeting at the CESM Workshop, June 20, 2017
    -http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/events/workshops/ws.2017/

    WACCM-X Highlights:

    Comparisons of hmF2
    February 7, 2018

    The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X) is a numerical model of the

    Model calculations
    February 2, 2018

    Stan Solomon and others have performed the first whole-atmosphere simulations of global change that include the lower atmosphere (0-15 km), middle atmosphere (15-90 km), thermosphere-ionosphere (90-500 km), and all relevant physics and chemistry.

    Zonal-mean vertical profiles of hydrogen
    January 24, 2018

    Liying Qian et al investigate atomic hydrogen (H) variability from the mesopause to the upper thermosphere, on time scales of solar cycle, seasonal, and diurnal.

    Total electron content (TEC)
    December 7, 2017

    Plain Language Summary or Abstract: Whole atmosphere models offer the opportunity to improve specification and forecasting of the upper atmosphere through incorporating the effects of forcing from both the lower atmosphere as well as the Sun.

    median hmF2 comparison
    June 5, 2017

    In order to calculate the Earth’s whole atmosphere and ionosphere coupled system in a self-consistent way, new ionosphere and electrodynamo modules have been implemented in the thermosphere and ionosphere eXtension of WACCM-X. WACCX-X stands for the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model.

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